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APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (21 January 2016)
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APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (21 January 2016)

On 21 January 2016, the APTLD Board had its regular
teleconference and considered a range of matters, the most important
of which are published in this Communiqué.

The State of the 2015 Budget

The Board discussed
the auditor’s conclusions on the state of execution of the APTLD 2015 budget
and noted with satisfaction that the budget was executed well over the original
projections and APTLD posted a healthy end-year surplus. The Board suggested GM
ensure the funds should be put to use for the members’ benefit to the extent
that would not affect the financial basis of the APTLD’s operation with the
focus on sharing APTLD’s expertise and best practices with ccTLDs in developing
and least developed countries.

The General Manager’s Business
Plan

The Board considered
and adopted a revised draft of the GM’s Business Plan for 2016 and suggested GM
present it at APTLD69. The Board also recommended GM put a stronger emphasis on
communication, interaction with and visits to ccTLDs in developing and least
developed countries, as well as to promote relations with APTLD members in the
Middle East, Central Asia and the Pacific.

The 2016 Board Election

The Board considered
the Secretariat’s report on progress in the 2016 Board election and noted with
satisfaction that the process is conducted in line with the Constitution,
election rules and timetable. The Board further noted that the number of
nominees would ensure no seat on the Board would remain unfilled.

Adoption of an Amendment to the
APTLD Policy of Funding for APTLD Board Members to Attend Face-to-Face Board
Meetings

The Board discussed an
amendment to Clause 7 of the Policy and voted to put it in effect as of 21
January 2016.

The Status of the APTLD Website
Revamp Project

The Board received the
GM’s debrief on progress in assessing Website Revamp proposals and noted that
one of tenderers failed to meet the deadline for provision of feedback to the
request for clarification, which would not further allow it a meaningful
participation in the process. The Board suggested GM focus on both technical
and financial aspects of the proposal left to ensure the APTLD needs and
requirements are fully met without prejudice.

Preparations for the Members
Meeting and General Members Meeting in Auckland, 18-19 February 2016

The Board discussed
preparations for the 69
th Members Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand,
18-19 February 2016 and took a notice of GM’s update on a steady progress in
logistics and agenda development. The Board instructed GM to ensure that newly
elected by the time of the Meeting Board members’ presence at APTLD69.

Consideration of an Application
for Associate Membership by Reliable Software, Ltd., Republic of Belarus

The Board examined the
application submitted by Reliable Software, Ltd., considered the GM’s briefing
and noted that the company operates as the registry for ASCII ccTLD .BY and IDN
ccTLD .БЕЛ for Belarus. Further, the Board agreed that the
application meets the rules and requirements set forth in the APTLD
Constitution and unanimously voted to accept Reliable Software, Ltd. as
Associate Member of APTLD.

Administrative Issues

The Board also
considered a number of administrative issues, including some Board members
stepping down from their service on the Board and granting extension to the GM
contract.

The Board expressed
sincere gratitude to June Seo and Kelly Kang for having served on the APTLD
Board with a great commitment and enthusiasm.

The Board also
expressed satisfaction over GM’s performance in 2015 and unanimously agreed to
extend his contract effective of February 2016.